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Jodeen Shillingford Scores Top Honor as GSU Valedictorian

Double-major student in Accounting and Computer Information Systems finishes with 3.92

By GSU Media Burea

shillingford, Jodeen DominicaDSC_4426 copy[1]This year Grambling State University’s top-ranking graduate is also one of its most accomplished. Spring 2018 Commencement Valedictorian, Jodeen Shillingford is known across the campus as one it’s most involved students.

“Most people and professors know Jodeen for her work,” said Dr. Donald White, Dean of Grambling State’s College of Business. “Mrs. Shillingford is one of those students who worked in the background but brought a lot of energy to the classroom and her involvement.”

During her time at Grambling State Shillingford volunteered with a number of organizations both on and off campus. Her volunteerism includes outreach through the National Association of Black Accountants; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program; Louisiana CPA (LCPA) Student Chapter, Beta Gamma Sigma; Sigma Alpha Pi; and the International Students Organization.

Originally from Wesley, Dominica, her GSU honors follow a long list of accomplishments from organizations nationwide including:

  • Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities
  • President’s List each semester since enrolling at GSU
  • College of Business Academic Scholar (2016 -2017)
  • LCPA Educational Foundation Scholar (2017-2018)
  • National Association of Black Accountants Regional Scholar (2016-2017)
  • National Association of Black Accountants National Scholar (2017)
  • North-East LCPA Scholar (2016-2017)
  • GSU Radiothon Scholar (2016)
  • Tom Joyner Scholar (2016)
  • Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Scholar (2017)
  • College of Business Student for Professional Development, (2015)
  • GSU’s High Ability Program (2016-2017)

After graduation, Shillingford plans to earn a master’s degree Accountancy and Finance to help her become the first Certified Public Accountant in her family.

“It’s exciting to be graduating and receive the honor because I didn’t see it coming,” says Jodeen. “I usually like to do a lot in the background, but it’s never on stage.”

Jodeen will take the stage with more than 400 graduates during Grambling State University’s Spring 2018 Commencement. She will share the stage with her follow graduates and the Interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, Cynthia Marshall who was the former Chief Diversity officer for AT&T.

Congratulations to Jodeen and the rest of the Spring 2018 graduating class of Grambling State University.

GSU Spotlights highlights the accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni successes throughout the GSU Community. To nominate or provide feedback on GSU highlights, contact the Grambling State University Office of University Communications at mediarelations@gram.edu.

GSU Spotlight: Mass Communications Student Wins Thomson Reuters/White House Correspondents’ Scholarship

By Jovan Hackley

This year’s White House Correspondents Dinner included stellar representation from GIMG_9203-Taylerrambling State University.

As one of two winners of the Thomson Reuters/White House Correspondents’ Association Trust in Reporting Scholarships, Grambling State graduate student Tayler Davis received an invite and attended this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

“The dinner and weekend were amazing. It was amazing to connect with so many people and be in the room with those who have been making media history,” said Tayler Davis who is one of two HBCU students who received the Reuters scholarship. “Being a part of the weekend reassured me that I’m in the right field and has opened doors for me to meet major players at CBS, behind Face the Nation, and I even got the chance to meet Don Lemon.”

Davis, an aspiring television news reporter from Baton Rouge, LA is in her first year of graduate studies in GSU’s Department of Mass Communication. A graduate of Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Davis hopes to one day become an anchor and White House correspondent and she’s well on her way. She is the first designee for the $7,000 award which is one of several highly competitive scholarship efforts and training programs offered by the news service.

“It is beyond big for Grambling to be a part of this effort,” said Dr. Robbie Morganfield, who teaches graduate courses and serves as head of GSU’s Mass Communication department. 

Morganfield, whose career includes services as a political reporter and editor for several of the nation’s largest newspapers, is launching a Public Affairs Reporting Institute this summer to provide Davis and other students classroom and practical experience.

“We are living in a time when diverse voices and perspectives are more important to the news industry than ever,” Morganfield said. “We have to be players in this very important movement.”

Screen Shot 2018-05-06 at 2.30.32 PMDavis is an active member of National Association of Black Journalists, volunteers at KEDM – North Louisiana’s NPR station, and has served as a moderator for a community town hall forum sponsored by the Grambling Department of Mass Communication and the City of Grambling. While enrolled at ULM, Davis worked as a reporter for the campus-based Hawkeye newspaper and the campus public radio station.

“It’s an incredible honor to see students like Tayler elevating their experience,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “They are turning class-time into careers. That’s the kind of initiative that ensures our bright legacy continues.”

GSU Spotlights highlights the accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni successes throughout the GSU Community. To nominate a student or alumni or provide feedback on GSU Spotlights, email the Grambling State University Office of University Communications at mediarelations@gram.edu.